10 Mar 2006
It ain’t over till the phat lady raps
Raphaela Papadakis seems to like ‘playing with fire’. After her acclaimed performance as the put-upon maid, Anna, in Independent Opera’s production of Šimon Voseček’s Beidermann and the Arsonists at Sadler’s Wells last year, she is currently rehearsing for the premiere this week of And London Burned, a new opera by Matt Rogers which has been commissioned by Temple Music Foundation to commemorate the 350th anniversary of The Great Fire of London.
Hip-hop and opera are set to collide. Which force will prevail, asks Richard Morrison
[Times Online, 10 March 2006]
What on earth is that bizarre thudding coming from the big rehearsal room at Glyndebourne? As you approach, it sounds rather like the aural warfare you might encounter in the Morrison household on a Saturday morning, with me pumping out Mozart through the living-room speakers, while the latest rap sensation blasts from the bedrooms of my offspring.